9th January ff 2020

January 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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January 9th - Lockwood Beck reservoir in search of some good birds at the feeding station. I had heard about a large flock of brambling under the beech trees. They flew off in spectacular fashion as I walked towards the hide. Siskins and treecreepers were also present along with robin, coal tits, chaffinches, great tits.

All quiet on the reservoir itself: a few mallard and a female goldeneye. No geese present.

January 10th & 70th birthday

I normally go birding early on my birthday and get home late afternoon. So, normal routine. I started at the lifeboat station at Hartlepool where I just happened to spot the elusive black redstart on the approach down Ferry Road.

Hartlepool Headland from the lifeboat station.

Red-breasted mergansers just inside the fish quay.

Also present: turnstones and oystercatchers.

Cormorants

The waxwings were reported in Billingham by St. Columba's church. 

Back to the Headland, still looking for the long-staying long-tailed duck. Just drake eiders in the sunshine.

No sign but, to my surprise at Marine Point I saw my second black redstart of the day.

95 UK 2019


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